- Actors: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust, Stefan Hörberg
- Directors: Lukas Moodysson
- Writers: Lukas Moodysson
- Producers: Anna Anthony, Lars Jönsson, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Strand Releasing
- Release Date: Oct. 31 2000
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004YKR3
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In a small town called Amal, Elin (Alexandra Dahlstrom) and her high school friends are part of the "in-crowd." Elin is the popular school debutante, and she is the rage with all the boys on campus. Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg) is not part of the "in-crowd," she is considered an outcast. Young and pretty, but unconcerned of her social status, Agnes is getting ready for a birthday party she doesn't really want that is being planned by her parents. Nothing much happens in the small town of Amal until Elin accidentally goes to the wrong party and her life takes a new direction. On a dare, Elin kisses Agnes to see if Agnes really is a "lesbian" and her life is transformed. Elin discovers that she has been repressing something that was innately there all the time. This is the story of two girls, Elin and Agnes, who fall in love. Swedish director Lukas Moodyson's SHOW ME LOVE is a contemporary tale of longing, the joy and pain of being in love, the comical and heartbreaking aspects of growing up and the courage it takes to be different. It is a universal of love and understanding.
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The song that played in the movie was an amazing choice and perfect timing. I will watch this movie for years and years to come. And i think everyone should see it, who knows it just might relate to you in some way..
What truly won me over about this film, was how natural it all seemed. Throughout the movie, it didn't even feel like these people were actors reciting dialogue. IT felt like these were people you actually knew being caught on tape. Also, most films that deal with lesbianism are trashy and gratituous. This movie was neither. It was heartwarming, and real, and truly made you see the relations and interactions beneath.
NO, this film isn't extraordinary. But it's refreshing to have a simple film, with a simple story, that depicted the pleasures and horrors of everday teenage life. And that's basically what this film is, a slice of everyday teenage life. The fact that its warm, enveloping, and pleasant is just a plus. It doesn't try to dumb things down, and make pain non-existent, as many shallow teenage films do.This film might be simple, but its not shallow or silly.Lukas Moodysson is masterful at showing life at its most realistic. I would whole heartedely reccomend that you see one of his other films, "lilya 4-ever" as well.Its very different from this movie, but will serve as more proof that this is a director with genuine feeling.
Recently I've seen Welcome to the Dollhouse and Lost and Delerious, two movies that roughly fall into the same genre, but, while Welcome to the Dollhouse did a perfect job at capturing the frustration of the downtrodden and the general Jr. High/High School social hierarchy, it was perhaps a bit too bitter and focused on satire. Show Me Love is a much warmer movie, and falls somewhere between those other two, although probably closer in spirit to Lost and Delerious (only less fantastical).
Watch this movie, show it to your 16 year olds...
There's not much else to say about it, other than that parents afraid of "exposing" their kids to homosexuality should grab ahold of and quickly yank out the 6' pole they're sitting on, lest they prevent themselves and their teenagers from seeing many worthy films... The two best 'teen movies' i've seen in the past few years (lost and delerious, show me love), are also ones that are open and mature about homosexuality, both chose to remain Unrated rather than face an MPAA 'R' or 'NC-17', while most of the pg-13 movies conservative parents allow their teenagers to see are extremely explicit, immature, and probably much more averse to the parents' ideals.
The titular town is in Sweden and is perhaps best summed up by bored teen Elin contemplating another evening of hanging around and getting drunk: "Why must we live in ... Amal? When something's in, it takes so long to get here, it's out already because we're so ... behind!" In order to liven life up a bit, Elin accepts a dare to kiss Agnes, a socially awkward classmate who is rumoured to be lesbian. The kiss affects Elin more than she cares to admit - she likes Agnes, but Agnes isn't 'cool'; anyone who is different is the butt of cruel jokes, and Elin has her reputation to worry about.
Alexandra Dahlstrom and Rebecca Liljeberg deliver outstanding performances, as indeed does the entire largely teenage cast. This combined with the 'fly on the wall' camera work creates a film that is both naturalistic and engaging (despite the fact that non-Swedish speaking viewers must rely on subtitles). The story builds to the penultimate scene in the school bathroom when, sick of being messed around, Agnes confronts Elin, in a particularly memorable and funny yet touching 'coming out' sequence.
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